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Beauty Roundup – Eye Shadow


Lately I have been experimenting with makeup, especially eye makeup. The easiest way to change your look is to play with the eyes. In my last beauty post I discussed gel eyeliners and today I will talk about eyes shadows. I will be sharing video links to help you learn the basics, the smokey eyes and a few experimental looks.

Below is a list of 7 must-see videos and a few additional ones for further reference are linked too. Enjoy!


This video by Smashbox cosmetics has by far been the most helpful in my search of finding out my eye shape. You can further see their videos on eye shadows for different eye shapes.


Sineady gists the entire basics of eye makeup. I have shared below more detailed videos on certain topics.

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10 Classic Gifts every Girl will Love


Finding a gift for a female friend or colleague can often be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t know what they are interested in. Luckily there are certain gifts that all women will appreciate. These are the classics, gift ideas you can come back to time and again.

Following is my handy guide of the go-to gifts. Stash away now to avoid any last-minute gift hunting.

Note: I have given three price range options for each category: (A) Under Rs.500 (B) Rs.500-Rs.1500 (C) Above Rs.1500.


1.Makeup sets: This is a favorite to give for birthdays and bridal showers. A makeup aficionado or a beginner, they will love it entirely.

(A) Maybelline Diamond Glow Eyeshadow: A sleek palette of eye shadows to create glamorous looks.
(B) Maybelline Instaglam Gift Box: A box of five makeup essentials to glam up.
(C) Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette: A luxurious collection of eye shadows to create alluring looks.


2.Makeup Cases: Every girl has one, every girl wants one. You can gift it individually or add your favorite nail polish or makeup tool to the mix.

(A) Forever 21 Bon Voyage Makeup Bag: A pretty polka dot case to carry in your daily bag.
(B)River Island Peach Small Makeup Bag: A classy pouch to carry your toiletries in style.
(C) River Island Black Case: A striking floral printed pouch to keep your cosmetics and toiletries.


3. Neckpieces: Get the girls these statement necklaces to make even a simple outfit of theirs look strong and feminine.

(A) Forever 21 Rhinestone Charm Necklace: A svelte necklace made of rhinestone charms.
(B) Forever New Lydia Necklace: Elegant and stylish necklace combining crystal diamantes and pearlised beads.
(C) Forever New Jasmine Floral Collar: A statement neckpiece featuring pearlised stone and enamel.

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Planner 2015


This is my first DIY post, and with the New Year coming I thought of doing a customized planner tutorial. Personally I have found it very difficult to get a planner/diary suited to individual needs and taste. But with this DIY anyone can tailor make their own planner.

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  • Notebook with ring filing (You can select as per your requirement)

– Post-its (In various sizes and shapes)

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Beauty Roundup – Gel Eyeliner

A few weeks back a friend of mine suggested the Maybelline Eye Studio gel eyeliner. I had been using the roll on Maybelline Colossal  kajal since years, but thought of trying out a new product. I am still trying to get a good grip of of the gel liner applications, it comes with a lot of practice! So I thought of doing a post with the most helpful videos, and tips I learnt along the way.

Firstly, there are four basic types of eyeliners available, each have their own usage, stay-on power and purpose. They are: the kohl (crayon like consistency like in the Colossal kajal), the pencil eyeliner, the gel eyeliner and the liquid liner (this comes in either a bottle form with applicator or a pen form with felt tips for applying directly). The usage of each type depends on the look you want create and on personal preference. For more detailed differentiation read this article. In this post I will be doing a more detailed discussion on the gel eyeliner.

Secondly, the gel eyeliner does not stay put in the waterline. Thus for people like me who line their waterline regularly a kohl or pencil liner is a must. The gel eyeliner can be used on lash-lines to create various looks, from subtle everyday makeup to the more dramatic ones. I have used liquid liners before, but definitely found the gel eyeliner easier to use. The picture below marks the different areas of the eye, as used in makeup tutorials.

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Courtesy: Jenny Pulfer

The internet is an oasis of make-up tutorials and articles, I have done my best to come up with a concise list of the most useful tips and tricks on gel eyeliner application. Below is my list of 5 must-see videos.


Adriana shows the different brushes that can be used for a gel eyeliner along with some basic tips. Her tutorial is effective to create an everyday casual look with the gel eyeliner.

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Gharara and Sharara – Trending

I recently visited the famed Stylefile exhibition in Kolkata. It is an annual exhibition hosted at The Old Bungalow in Alipore. While browsing through the designer collections I noticed the presence of ghararas and shararas at most stalls. First let me differentiate between the two silhouettes. Both gharara and sharara are types of flared trousers/bottoms worn originally during the 19th century to early 20th century. A gharara is usually fitted till the knee and flares out dramatically beyond that, whereas the sharara flares out from the waist itself, almost like a lehenga skirt. The gharara and sharara have been widely present in designer collections in the recent few years.


Ace designer Anamika Khanna has used variations of the gharara in her last three couture collections. She has paired an organza panelled sharara with an embroidered peplum top for her 2013 couture collection. A similar sharara can be seen in an editorial shoot of Kangana Raut. A metallic gharara has been paired with a knee length black and beige jacket for the same couture collection. Anamika has also paired a gharara trouser with a short jacket and yellow dupatta, giving the drape a lehenga saree look, for her pret collection. In her most recent collection, for the Bvlgari show, Anamika has designed an organza gharara with floral lace embroidery at the hem.


The gharara can be styled in several ways. I have shown three styling examples from the autumn-winter 2014 collections, in the picture above. It can be given a resort styling like Rizwan Beyg has done by pairing a bright coloured gharara with a block coloured flared top. Suneet Verma has given a lace palazzo like gharara an etheral look, this ensemble can be worn for a pre-wedding function by the bride. The bridal party can wear the trend by pairing a tulle gharara with a contrast coloured velvet embroidered jacket, like this Ekru ensemble.

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Forever 21 – Online shopping review and Haul


The american brand Forever 21 does not have a retail outlet in Kolkata , so when they launched the online shopping facility on their Indian website I was elated. I had visited their store on my previous Delhi trip and had fallen in love with their everyday style clothes and voguish accessories. They have a wide range of basic and trendy dresses, tops and bottoms with colour options for many products. They also have an extensive fashion jewelry collection. Though, the range of bags and shoes is limited on the website, and they still haven’t started selling their make-up products.

Fortnightly they have extra offers running, excluding their regular sale section. The website has a policy of minimum purchase of Rs.2500 for free delivery to be applicable. The paid shipping prices vary depending on your total bill amount. It is quiet steep compared to several shopping portals, so it is advisable to create wish-lists and place the order once you reach the minimum. Sometimes they run a no-minimum purchase required for free shipping offer too.


The outer packaging.

In the second week of November, Forever21 website was running a high discount on certain accessories, between 50% to 80% off. This is when I made my purchase- a printed knit top, three sets of stud earrings, three dangling earrings, a pair of hoops, a stoned stud, two neckpieces, two sets of bangles and a silver bracelet, all for a total of Rs.2159 only.


Abstract print top: Rs.879; Heirloom tassel necklace: Rs.200; Faux gemstone necklace(green): Rs.140.

My parcel arrived in 8 days from placing the order. I have previously ordered from Forever21 site too, but this time I had some issues with the tracking id and had emailed the customer service regarding the same. The parcel was well wrapped in a sealed plastic cover over the cardboard box. The accessories were individually wrapped in bubble paper and then put in clear plastic packets. The clothes were wrapped in clear plastic packets. All products came with brand packaging and their original price on the tag (not the discounted price).

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